Thought for the day

"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." -- James Madison

Academics in Egypt have been left scratching their heads after a decision by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to grant civilian scientific degrees to students of military colleges.

The July announcement, largely overlooked by local media, has caused anger inside academic circles, as some say it trespasses on the sanctity of academia.

Israel on Sunday agreed to an Egyptian-proposed truce with Palestinian militants in Gaza after three days of intense conflict, an Egyptian source said.

Islamic Jihad confirmed that talks toward a ceasefire were underway, but stopped short of saying an agreement had been reached.

The negotiations raise hopes that Egypt could help broker a deal to end the worst fighting in Gaza since an 11-day war last year devastated the impoverished coastal territory, home to some 2.3 million Palestinians.

An Egyptian court is planning to broadcast the live hanging of a killer who stabbed a student to death when she turned down his marriage proposal. Mohamed Adel, 21, was found guilty of murdering his Mansoura University classmate Naira Ashraf when she turned him down, with the court sentencing him to death on July 6. The court has now called for his execution to be broadcast live to deter similar crimes from happening in future.


Russia has insisted that the issues of Ukrainian grain exports and Russian agricultural exports be resolved in a package, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday following talks with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia may join the BRICS International Forum “very soon”, President, BRICS International Forum, Purnima Anand, said in an interview with the “Izvestia” newspaper.

Anand said that China, Russia and India discussed this issue during the 14th BRICS Leaders Summit, which was held virtually from June 23 to 24, according to RIA Novosti agency.

The world's first pregnant ancient Egyptian mummy died from a rare form of cancer, a new study reveals. 

Researchers in Poland were carrying out a scan of the ancient corpse's skull when they discovered unusual markings in the bone.

Similar to those found in patients suffering from nasopharyngeal cancer, the scientists concluded that the mummy most likely died of the same disease.

Egypt has unveiled a major new archaeological find of 250 sarcophagi, 150 small bronze statues of gods and goddesses and other antiquities at the Saqqara necropolis.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, displayed part of the cache, including 35 of the painted wooden coffins, in a televised event on Monday at the Unesco Heritage site south of Cairo.

The EU is set to fund Egypt’s coast guard with 80 million euros in an effort to prevent rising levels of migration across the Mediterranean, according to an internal paper. 

The paper alleged that more than 3,500 Egyptians have fled the country so far this year, almost all of them taking the dangerous sea route to Italy.